Oracle opens second Gen 2 Cloud region in Aus

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Tuesday, 04 February, 2020

Oracle opens second Gen 2 Cloud region in Aus

Oracle has opened a second Australian Generation 2 Cloud Region in Melbourne to provide local customers with enhanced performance, pricing and security.

The new Melbourne cloud region follows the launch of Oracle’s Gen 2 Cloud Region in Sydney in August last year.

The opening forms part of Oracle’s expansion plans for its cloud business, which involve operating 36 such cloud regions globally by the end of 2020.

The company has opened 17 Gen 2 Cloud regions in the past year, marking the fastest expansion by any major cloud provider, and taking the total to 21 globally. Of these, 16 are for commercial use and five for government.

Oracle VP and Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand Valery Lanovenko said adding a second region based in Australia will allow Oracle to offer enterprise customers enhanced business continuity, disaster recovery and ability to meet data sovereignty requirements.

“Not all clouds are created equal. Our next-gen cloud infrastructure has been built for an autonomous future, with security built in. With our Melbourne Cloud region, local customers and partners can now confidently host and protect mission-critical workloads and drive innovation,” he said.

In addition, opening the new region will allow partners within the Oracle Partner Network to offer enhanced disaster recovery for mission-critical applications.

Oracle customers in Australia are already moving to take advantage of the second cloud region. The Law Society of NSW, which has been using Oracle’s Gen 2 Cloud region in Sydney since its launch, plans to use the new cloud region to enhance its backup and disaster recovery capabilities.

“We deal with a lot of timely and sensitive data so we need 24/7 availability and bulletproof security. We have been impressed with the cost structure, security, speed and flexibility since moving to Oracle’s Gen 2 Cloud,” the Society’s CIO, Lee Bustin, said.

“The opening of the Melbourne Cloud region allows us to fully adopt cloud technology as a production service with DR in Melbourne. This means we can now migrate many of our on-premises services to the cloud, vastly reducing the time and costs associated with maintaining and replacing our on-premises hardware. Importantly for our business, it means we can maintain our data within Australia.”

Bustin said the company has been impressed with the speed with which it has been able to complete the migration of services to the new cloud region.

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